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I started this blog so that I could help my children with their Math GCSE homework. This section includes my notes as I worked through the GCSE syllabus. I soon discovered that there are many free online resources– and most of them are video based. I’ve added links to many of these resources/videos.
Unit 1 Statistics and Number
1. Data Collection
2. Fractions Decimals and Percentages
3. Interpreting and Representing Data
4. Range and Averages
6. Cumulative Frequency (inc box plots)
7. Ratio and Proportion
8. Complex Calculations and Accuracy
Unit 2 Number and Algebra
9. Estimation and Currency Conversion
10. Factors Powers & Roots
12. Basic Algebra
14. Equations and Inequalities
16. Indices and Standard Form
17. Sequences and Proof
19. Linear Graphs
20. Quadratic Equations
21. Further Algebra
Unit 3 Geometry and Algebra
I also became interested in how maths/numeracy is taught in primary schools. I’d never quite understood the need for new (to me!) methods such as ‘number lines’, the ‘grid method’ and ‘chunking’. Once I understood the thinking behind these methods, I could see why many teachers and, more importantly, pupils find them useful.
1. How to Learn Your Times Tables Fast (up to ten times table).
Mature Students/Private Candidates
At one point I planned to sit the Math GCSE exam myself but I thought better of it. I have my ‘O Level’ and I decided that the purpose of the blog was to help my children (and share information and resources with others). I did find out how to take Maths GCSE as a private candidate and I also found some useful links that provide government assistance (advice and possibly financial assistance).
1. Government Assistance.
There are many great videos available. I did notice one or two gaps including a simple video to explain how to learn your times tables. My videos are certainly short (typically less than 2 minutes). The times table video has been very popular– approximately 250,000 views!
Fractions Videos (Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide)
Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions is not difficult but there are certain steps to follow in each case. If you know these steps or rules then you will have no problems. The best way to memorise the steps is to just work through some examples.
Teaching AQA GCSE maths — www.aqagcsemaths.wordpress.com
This is really aimed at teachers but I’ve found it useful. Particularly impressed by their Sherlock Holmes episodes (would be great if all Maths lessons could be like this!).
These are links to specimen papers for the AQA’s new GCSE syllabus (2010)- first sitting June 2012:-